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Lee Daniels' The Butler

Published in L
Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:20
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Serves it up on a platter.

  • Starring

    Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schreiber, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jnr, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Gleason, Isaac White, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Tyson Ford, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Olivia Washington, James Marsden, Clarence Williams III

  • Directed by

    Lee Daniels

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is raped (implied), a man is executed. People are beaten, kicked, shoved, slapped, mocked, bullied, tormented, racially abused, burned with hot liquid, shot at. Rioting, explosions, burning debris, brawling, broken glass, burning vehicle, arson. Rifles fired, gunshots heard, Molotov cocktail thrown, break-and-enter. Television footage of protestors (trampled, beaten, pursued, dragged), racial abuse. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Vietnam war footage (explosions, soldiers, gunfire). MLK murder, JFK assassination, slavery, concentration camps, apartheid, racial oppression, killed kids, murdered neighbour (shot), terrorism, gutting, killing mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses, bloody corpse, bloody hand, dripping blood. Swelling, bruising, bandages, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man. Half-naked couple beneath sheets. Skimpy dancewear, cleavage. Kissing. Innuendo. A wife cheats on her husband.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, cocktails, spirits), intoxication, alcoholic wife/mother. Being passed out drunk mentioned. Smoking. Gambling (cards). Prescription pills seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch, p*ss. Racial abuse, derogatory slang, name-calling, mocking. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, class, racial, ethnic stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Servitude, civil rights, black power, white supremacy, equality, Freedom Riders, Black Panthers, US politics, slavery, racism, bigotry, prejudice, sit-ins, protest, biography, father-son relationships, cotton-picking, Eugene Allen, the White House, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Ku Klux Klan, dignity, subservience, conflict, bitterness, survival, 1970s America, Birmingham riots, Kennedy assassination, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A child sees his father murdered (shot), mother raped (off-camera). Deceased father, deceased son/brother, deceased wife, son in jail. Passed out drunk, financial problems mentioned. Cemetery, church, jail cell settings. Cat, parrot, horses, dogs, aquarium fish, thunder, lightning. Man on toilet, spitting. Roast chicken, ham eaten. Inspired by A Butler Well Served by this Election by Wil Haygood, an article published in 2008 in the Washington Post.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Familiar, welcoming, radical, nuanced, melodramatic, alluring, anxious, sweeping, moving, remarkable, exhilarating, affecting, blunt, gut-wrenching, character-driven. Phenomenal performances, dazzling cast, definitive period detail, potent re-creation of horrific historic events.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Histrionic. Robin Williams is distracting, unconvincing as Eisenhower. Dressed-up history, covers too much ground, lacks humour, too fictionalised.

Song For Marion (Unfinished Song)

Published in S
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:14
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A grumpy man reluctantly finds his voice.

  • Starring

    Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Orla Hill, Anne Reid, Elizabeth Counsell, Ram John Holder, Bill Thomas

  • Directed by

    Paul Andrew Williams

  • Running time

    93 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Shouting, arguing. Boy hit in head with football (soccer ball). Scream. Blood/gore: A woman experiences shortness of breath. Injured man taken away on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Sex mentioned (in dialogue and lyrics). Sexual banter. Bestiality joke. Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking. A woman takes prescription pills.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, bloody, crap. Name-calling, teasing. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Terminal illness, cancer, dying, death, loss, grief, music, friendship, family, coping, dignity, stubbornness, emotions, marriage, love, strained relationships, estrangement, optimism, enthusiasm, determination, forgiveness, memories.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital setting. Cemetery setting. Chemotherapy (mentioned). Flock of birds, ducks, pig-snorting. Pig, donkey (mentioned). Relationship break-up. Wedding photos, keepsakes. Known as Unfinished Song in some regions.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Honest, heartfelt, light drama. Natural comic style. Heart-breaking, rousing. Strong performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, clichéd.